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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Defeat the blank page: How to get your point across IN WRITING

Start Date: 9/21/2021 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 9/21/2021 1:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Virtual

Organization Name: WIIT

Mary Simpkins
Email: info@wiit.org
Phone: (202) 869-3775

Jobs in DC are based around communicating – not just speaking but sharing briefs, memos, key messages, and even submitting essays to the WIIT Trust Scholarship Program. 
Join experts from U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and the Embassy of Canada for this workshop on best practices in writing. Define a thesis, know your key messages, and most importantly, know your audience so your writing has impact. Learn how to do this well (or better) – and particularly learn how to upgrade your skills.
Especially for students, our workshop will focus on the kind of writing that wins in the Fall Semester WIIT Scholarship Program – check out our updated application criteria: WIIT - Association of Women in International Trade


  • Hannah Waldhorn, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
  • Jennifer Chiu, Embassy of Canada


  • Lisa Schroeter, WIIT Trust Chair


Hannah Waldhorn is a writer and editor for the Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Washington D.C., where she plays a critical role in communicating the Office of Trade message to both public and private stakeholders. In her role at CBP, Ms. Waldhorn drafts and reviews communication materials for senior executive leadership regarding the topics of forced labor, intellectual property rights, trade modernization, and more. She also contributes articles to CBP’s Frontline Magazine, and has trained nearly 1,000 Office of Trade employees in communications and writing best practices. Prior to her communications career at CBP, which began in 2016, Ms. Waldhorn taught both English and French to students in the United States and France. Ms. Waldhorn honed her expert communication skills while living abroad for four years in Paris, France, where she learned to navigate the nuance of language in a bi-lingual environment and to communicate cross-culturally in professional and educational settings.
Ms. Waldhorn holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the American University of Paris and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at the University of Bridgeport. She resides in the D.C. metro area with her fiancé.

Jennifer Chiu is the Second Secretary (Trade Policy) at Canada's Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C. In her role, Jennifer provides strategic advice to senior management on a number of Canada-U.S. trade priorities, including the USMCA, the softwood lumber file, and a number of trade disputes.
Prior to joining the Embassy, Jennifer worked at Global Affairs Canada as a member of the NAFTA negotiations team. Her work on NAFTA included policy coordination and providing strategic communications advice to Canada’s chief negotiator.
Jennifer previously worked in Public Affairs at Global Affairs Canada, leading communications for files including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Canada-EU free trade agreement. Before joining the Government of Canada, she was press secretary for Canada’s Minister of International Trade and worked in the Office of the Prime Minister, acting as a principal spokesperson. She also spent several years working as a daily newspaper reporter.
She holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts (International Affairs) from Carleton University in Ottawa.


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